Dec 232011

By Linda Kor–

As Navajo County waits for pre-clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) of the redistricting boundaries submitted by the Board of Supervisors earlier this month, the county’s election department outlined new voting precincts and consolidated polling places based on those boundaries.

Regarding the changes, Elections Director Johnathan Roes states that there were very few noted in the northern portion of the county on the Navajo Nation. “There won’t be too many changes on the reservation. The new borders now more closely match the chapter house boundaries so it will actually work better than before,” explained Roes.

Although there will be no reduction in precincts for Holbrook, there is a move of the southern portion of Precinct 3 into Precinct 1, and there will be a consolidation of polling places, reducing the number from three to two. Voters in Precinct 1 will go to the catholic family center, and those in Precincts 2 and 3 will go to the city offices. The school district offices will no longer be a polling place.

Winslow also has experienced some changes, including the reduction from five precincts to four. Precinct 1 absorbed most of the previous Precinct 3, and lost a portion of its eastern area to Precinct 2. The previous Precinct 4 is now Precinct 3 and has expanded to the south, and Precinct 5 is now Precinct 4 and has no boundary changes.

Winslow will also be consolidating polling places. Voters in Precincts 1 and 2 will go to the fire station, those in Precinct 3 will go to the LDS church cultural hall and those in Precinct 4 will go to the Bonnie Brennan School music room. There will no longer be polling places at Washington Elementary School or the armory.

The prison and a small portion of Bushman Acres will now be part of a reservation precinct, and a small portion at the south end of Winslow is going to the Heber/Overgaard precinct. “That area to the south is actually closer to Heber than it is to Winslow, so it works out better for those residents,” stated Roes.

The area south to Snowflake and Taylor will have no notable changes.

The polling places accepted by the board follow.

Holbrook Precinct 1, catholic family center (Fiesta Room), 210 E. Arizona; and Precincts 2 and 3, Holbrook City Council Chambers, 465 First Ave.

Winslow Precincts 1 and 2, Winslow Fire Station, 215 Taylor Ave.; Precinct 3, LDS church (cultural hall), 205 W. Lee St.; and Precinct 4, Bonnie Brennan School (music room), 100 Cochise Drive.

Sun Valley Precinct, Sun Valley Fire Station, 8611 N. Fifth St.

Woodruff Precinct, Woodruff Community Building, 6414 W. First St.

Joseph City Precincts 1 and 2, Joseph City Elementary School (old gym), 8176 N. Westover Ave.

Snowflake Precinct 1, Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church, 1655 S. Main; and Precinct 2, Snowflake Social Hall, 78 W. Center St.

Taylor Precinct 1, Taylor Fire Station, 411 Paper Mill Road; and Precinct 2, Taylor Intermediate School (gym), 207 North 500 West.

Kayenta Precincts 1 and 2, Kayenta Recreation Center, U.S. Hwy. 163.

Keams Canyon Precinct, Hopi Agency (property room), 100 Main St.

Heber/Overgaard Precincts 1 and 2, Navajo County Mogollon Complex, 2188 W. Country Club Drive.